Panhandling for pregancy pays off

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On the door of the Gale home in Payson, Utah hangs a sign that reads: “Welcome to Ft. Gale.”

“This is our refuge against the storm,” said Jessica Gale. “This is the place we come to get away from it all.”

For Gale, home is much more than a place to sleep. It’s a place where she shares her thoughts and fears.

“We all have a story to tell,” she said as she wrote on her computer at the kitchen table, updating her online vlog, or video blog, theHilariousGales.

Gale’s story started about 15 years ago when she learned she and her husband wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally.

“It’s humbling,” she said, reflecting on her time standing on a street corner and panhandling. “The desperation is what drove me to do that.”

When Gale wasn’t at one of her two jobs, she was asking for money from anyone who would drive by. She held a sign saying she was desperate to try in vitro fertilization and she needed help. It turns out that help came in a big way.

“We raised all the money,” she said with a smile. “We then had an anonymous donor who came forward and paid for all the IVF medicine, which is about $5,000.”

The Gales didn’t waste any time in giving IVF a shot, and it worked. She still smiles as she replays the voicemail from the fertility clinic confirming the positive test.

“It’s still so weird,” Gale said. “I feel the baby kicking and it’s like, ‘Wow! There is really a baby in there.’”

After 15 years, things are looking up, and baby Gale is joining the family in June.

A sealed envelope is on the refrigerator door now, next to the picture of two embryos.

“Inside the envelope is the gender (of the baby),” she said. “Yeah, it’s sealed, and I haven’t opened it.”

Some things are better left a mystery. After all, what’s a few more months of waiting when they’ve already come this far?

“I’ve never been happier,” Gale said. “I can only imagine that as this baby comes it’s going to be even more so.”

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